Also recall the flood of 1980, when Tempe/Mesa was cut off from Phoenix, down to the Mill Bridge to commute

It would literally take hours to get through, there were creative folks out selling food, drink, newspapers, to the commuters stuck in the traffic.

How about Rhodes Department Store that was at 18th Street & Camelback, in a mall with Sears? It was my high school job, and would go over to Town & Country for lunch.

I’m old also. anyone remember the Playboy Club across from the Park Central Mall. Yep it was in the shorter of the buildings I think.memory hazy but it was there! Go figure.

That was the one where you walked out onto the tarmac and climbed the stair-truck up to the plane, wasn’t it? I was there once when the power went out, and they just waved everyone through the metal detectors without any screening.

Born in Tempe (1959), lived in Scottsdale until I was 19, plan on retiring in the Valley. I remember the orange groves and the wonderful smell, playing in the irrigation water when they flooded the school playgrounds, Organ Stop Pizza (still there), hanging out at Tower Plaza with my best friend who lived in the apartments right behind it, watching Wallace and Ladmo daily, even the cool kids thought they were funny. I still have vivid memories of standing in line at Cine Capri for Star Wars. Someone mentioned Curt the Clown, my father knew him and I got to meet him without the makeup, he was a nice guy but I was very shy. Going to the swap meet at the dog track and finding all sorts of cool stuff. Riding my bike down Scottsdale road and across Curry to hang out with friends in the river bottom under the Mill Avenue bridge.

I remember the flumes! We were bad teenagers, we’d go out late at night the night before going out there and look for Big Wheels trikes that kids had left out in their yards, steal them and take them with us to ride down the water slide type of thing they had out there.

Right downstream from there was an aquaduct across a dry wash that was made from a steel half pipe. You had to be brave to float across that because it was so full of bullet holes you could barely touch the bottom without getting cut.

I think the one in my neighborhood was a Rexall before it was Revco. I remember taunting the cowboys at my school about being drugstore cowboys, calling them either Rexall Rangers or Revco Roughriders.

Fifteen cents a scoop was what I remember too. The Thrifty at 32nd and Cactus was one of the few places we could ride to on our bicycles. That, and the Taco Bell, and the Jack in the Box.

Such a disappointment when they sold out, moved to Alma School in CHD and discontinued the French Onion soup we loved

Thx for mentioning Lunt Avenue e. Also don’t forget to mention the Carnation restaurant at Central and Indian School.. and Websters Hobby Shop at Central and Camelback, one of the best ever.

Can’t forget 40th Street near the airport on Saturday night.. spectator heaven. Or cruising hot rods on Central from Camelback to the old library at McDowell.

the AJ Bayless museum at 3rd Ave and Indian School was priceless, remember an early 1920s mechanical TV they had and others.. wonder what became of it?

Lots of great memories here

:Before there was Target, there was Gemco. Now, most of the old Gemco stores are Targets.” Not true. Gemco stores were at 43rd Ave and Thunderbird, 67th Ave and Thomas, 19th Ave and Glendale, and a location in Tempe. Not Targets now.

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